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  • Technology: comparative analysis and design studies to improve current technologies related to the treatment of ships effluents and in particular three sub-groups: ballast water, oiled effluents and scrubbers waste

  • Economy: provides economic surveys and develops an economy study (business plan) for ships effluents management services for three main subgroups: ballast water, oiled water and scrubbers

  • Environmental issues: provides innovative solutions regarding sea water monitoring, forecast services and is developing a model for sea water monitoring in ports, with three sub-groups: remote sensing and in situ techniques (physical and biological parameters), sampling techniques for biological monitoring and development of biological risk assessment model for exemption cases

  • Regulations: monitors evolution of IMO and EU regulations for ships effluents and provides contributions to regulatory bodies to improve regulations. It covers two main subgroups: IMO MEPC working group and the EU Sustainable shipping Forum working group

  • Booking: analysis and design of new interfaces to facilitate the location of discharge and treatment facilities for classical effluents (oiled water, scrubbers waste and ballast water).

Atlantic Blue Ports Video

An excellent video demonstrating the issues and regulations concerning ballast water from ships as well as showcasing new technologies for ballast water treatment services in ports has been produced by the Portuguese project partners Bentley (software modelling), Eco-Oil (MARPOL operator) and the Port of Lisbon. ...(Read More)

Posted on 2020-06-25 12:01:08 By

4th Project Workshop and Progress Meeting, Madrid, February 2020

The project held its 4th Project Workshop and Progress Meeting with the Spanish Task Force (almost 30 participants) in mid-February in Madrid, at the premises of ‘Puertos del Estado’. ...(Read More)

Posted on 2020-06-25 12:03:10 By

Testing of InvaSave Ballast Water Treatment Services in Ports

InvaSave is a mobile system, presented in the form of a standard container, which can be placed close to a ship ) on the quay, on a barge or in a truck. ...(Read More)

Posted on 2020-06-25 12:06:09 By

The "Blue Ports" project is funded by the Atlantic Area Interreg program.

The common goal of the partners is to motivate maritime communities to stop the discharge of effluents at sea by designing innovative and effective port reception and treatment facilities. The project is focusing on oil and ballast water effluents and scrubbers waste. These are the main sources of sea pollution by shipping.

The project has brought together 24 partners from the Atlantic area including:

  • Port authorities
  • Port reception facility operators
  • Public authorities
  • Businesses
  • Cluster organisations
  • National authorities
  • Research centres

The consortium is working with relevant organisations gathered in a task force, to find a consensus for ‘adequate’ port reception and treatment facilities which are attractive for ship owners and manageable for ports.

Join the Interest Group to receive updates, details of event and project details.

Contact us for more information:
Fabienne Vallee, Project Leader
+33 2 98 00 38 00

Atlantic Blue Port project partners - led by Brest CCI